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The unbalanced translocation, der(17)t(X;17)(p11.2;q25), is characteristic of alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS). We have recently shown that this translocation fuses the TFE3 transcription factor gene at Xp11.2 to ASPL, a novel gene at 17q25. We describe herein eight morphologically distinctive renal tumors occurring in young people that bear the identical(More)
We report the aberrantly strong nuclear immunoreactivity for the C-terminal portion of TFE3 protein in tumors characterized by chromosome translocations involving the TFE3 gene at Xp11.2. This group of tumors includes alveolar soft part sarcoma and a specific subset of renal carcinomas that tend to affect young patients. They contain fusion genes that(More)
Alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS) is an unusual tumor with highly characteristic histopathology and ultrastructure, controversial histogenesis, and enigmatic clinical behavior. Recent cytogenetic studies have identified a recurrent der(17) due to a non-reciprocal t(X;17)(p11.2;q25) in this sarcoma. To define the interval containing the Xp11.2 break, we(More)
Myxoid liposarcoma (LS), the most common subtype of LS, is known to be characterized by the specific t(12;16) resulting in a TLS-CHOP fusion in almost all cases. We wished to address the following questions: (i) Is this genetic hallmark also present in other types of LS with predominant myxoid change? (ii) What is the proportion of cases with the variant(More)
Alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS) is an unusual tumor of young adults with the characteristic presence on ultrastructural analysis of rhomboid or rectangular cytoplasmic crystals. These membrane-bound crystals are known to form within specific PAS-diastase-resistant electron-dense cytoplasmic granules. The composition of these crystals and the dense(More)
Multifocal presentation, defined as the presence of tumor at two or more anatomically separate sites, before the manifestation of disease in sites where sarcomas usually metastasize (e.g., lungs) occurs in about 1% of extremity soft tissue sarcomas (STSs). Debate still persists whether multifocal STSs represent an unusual pattern of metastasis or multiple(More)
A distinctive subset of renal carcinomas is associated with Xp11. 2 translocations and resulting TFE3 gene fusions (PRCC-TFE3, PSF-TFE3, NONO-TFE3, ASPL-TFE3), encoding related aberrant transcription factors. We report the cloning of a novel clathrin heavy-chain gene (CLTC)-TFE3 gene fusion resulting from a t(X;17)(p11.2;q23) in a renal carcinoma arising in(More)
Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) is a rare, but distinctive mesenchymal neoplasm composed of fascicles of bland myofibroblasts admixed with a prominent inflammatory component. Genetic studies of IMTs have demonstrated chromosomal abnormalities of 2p23 and rearrangement of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene locus. In a subset of IMTs, the ALK(More)
Differential pseudo-correlation radiometers covering 20-25 GHz, 28-37 GHz, 35-46 GHz 53-69 GHz and 82-106 GHz are used in the Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) mission to be launched in late 2000. This paper describes the design, performance and manufacturing of 140 InP HFET amplifiers suitable for cryogenic cooling which exhibit low noise performance and(More)
The cell-cycle timing of somatic chromosomal translocations in cancer remains poorly understood but may be relevant to their etiology and the mechanism of their formation. Alveolar soft-part sarcoma (ASPS) is a rare malignant soft-tissue tumor of uncertain lineage that provides an opportunity to address this question. The great majority of ASPSs have(More)